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is a skeg really all that necessary on a sub 14 foot boat? or is it yet another marketing gimmick. all my life ive been told it wont track well without the skeg but how did ancient people travel the seas in flat bottom or shallow keeled small boats for centuries with no skegs hmm
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>>2753625
vid related: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=LhSiuY1T2zw&embeds_referring_euri=https%3A%2F%2Fforums.paddling.com%2F&source_ve_path=MjM4NTE
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>>2753625
It's not necessary, especially if there's some load in the boat, but a keel or skeg or strake does help a lot with station keeping, especially in lightly laden boats in windy conditions. I have a 14 and a 18 foot boat, and the 18 footer has a proportionally much larger rudder, which does wonders when trying to maintain a heading at slow speeds in the wind.
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>>2753635
fair enough. im going to try a short voyage on friday without and see if i eat my words



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